Final Exams + WIAW + My Favorite Christmas Movies

Two classes down. Three more to go!

I finished my Business Class last week with a presentation on Accounting. My last Critical Thinking class was today, and I received my final grade. All A’s so far!

On Wednesday I don’t have any classes or commitments, so it will be full of me studying, studying, studying. And oh, okay, maybe a few snacks and Netflix indulgences sprinkled in here and there.

On Thursday I have my two final exams in Ethnic Studies and Microeconomics. Spaced only 30 minutes apart… Ugh! Then right after my Microeconomics exam is scheduled to be over, I have to make a dash to the English building to pick up my graded Writing Portfolio.

Then right after that I have to get ready to head out to The Hobbit midnight premiere. I’m starting to have doubts about going though. It’s just so late, I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep. Plus, Thursday is my last day of exams, so I could actually go home that night!

As you may remember, watching The Hobbit midnight premiere was on my 13 Things to Do in the 13 Days Before the World Ends Bucket List. If I do end up skipping it though, I’ve already made plans to watch it with my friend from home on the following Saturday. We’ll see what happens!

Enough school talk. You probably don’t like reading about exams any more than I like taking them! Instead, let’s talk a little bit about food, and also I’ll share a (long) list of my favorite Christmas Movies.

Disclaimer: These posts do not reflect everything that I eat during a day. There are a lot of unpictured snacks like fruit and vegetables, as well as undocumented nibbles as I’m making my meals.

Breakfast

On the drive up to school last week with my parents, we stopped at our mall’s GNC to buy some probiotics because I was almost out. While there, my mom happened to notice that they sold my favorite brown rice protein powder, so of course I had to pick up some of that as well! A one pound jug on Amazon can sell for as much as $20.00, but GNC had them priced much lower, and one of the two jugs that we bought was actually 50% off!

My breakfast for most of the days last week was my banana protein bread of course! One day all my dining hall had was teeny tiny bananas, so I bought two instead of a large one like I usually do. One banana went into the bread, and the other one I sliced up on top.

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Lunch

The all-you-care-to-eat dining halls actually post their menus on Monday for the entire week, so I can always plan out when to go. For this lunch I took advantage of the fact that they already had some plain grilled chicken on the menu, so I didn’t have to special order it. On the side I had a salad of lettuce, carrots and cucumbers. I also sprinkled the chicken with just a little salt because my body just seemed to be craving the sodium!

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Snack #1

I love rice. I really really do.

That’s why I was so excited to see a box of Minute White rice on the shelf at one of my college’s convenience stores. I have over $170.00 left for this semester and only three more days to use it (the money does roll over, but being realistic, if I have money left over this semester, then I’m probably going to have money leftover next semester as well).

So I bought the super-overpriced box of rice and have since used it all up! I’ll be buying another box tomorrow for sure.

I’ve been eating it plain and also mixed with chicken. I also like to mash the rice and add a little extra water to make it into a porridge. Fruit seems to be another great addition to rice, and for my snacks on Monday and Tuesday I cooked up a cup of rice and topped it with a large sliced banana. Full of carbohydrates and the perfect energizing snack.

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Dinner

Nights lately have been getting so cold. Some it has even dropped as far as the low 30’s. This weather makes me hesitant to leave the nice, warm comfort of my room, so I’ve been finding myself going out for lunch, but staying in for supper.

This was one of those nights where I just heated up a few servings of chicken with a can of unsalted green beans.

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Snack #2

These pictures will be the last that you see for a while of my protein powder adventures (probably). I’m going to be visiting a new holistic practioner who can hopefully give me some aid in figuring out new things to try for my digestion, and I’m pretty positive that cutting out grains is going to be a big part of it. From my stint with Paleo I know that quinoa does not bode well with me. I also know that rice both in its “pure state” as well as in its protein powder, while not as bad as quinoa, isn’t too good for me.

So, enjoy this last recipe!

It’s pretty similar to my Microwave Protein Crisp, but in a much larger and more delicious form!

Apple Banana Microwave Protein Crumble

High protein, high fiber, no sugar added, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free

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Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/3 cup brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • splash of water
  • stevia (optional, but I didn’t use)
  • 1 apple, sliced

Directions:

  1. Slice the apple (peeled or unpeeled) and layer into a small microwaveable container.
  2. Mash the banana in a separate bowl. Add the protein powder and combine.
  3. Sprinkle the baking powder on top. Then, quickly pour a little water directly onto the baking powder until it starts to fizz.
  4. Stir it up fast as the baking powder will cause the mixture to expand. Take advantage of that volume and carefully pour the banana bread mixture over the apple slices and put the container in the microwave.
  5. Cook the crumble for 4-6 minutes until no longer gooey. Time will depend on size of banana, amount of water/protein powder used, and the strength of the microwave.
  6. Enjoy!

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So last week I posted my favorite Christmas music, but this week I’m going to share with you some of my favorite Christmas movies.

I know that Elf and The Grinch are common “favorites,” but I honestly don’t like them all that much… But here are the ones that I grew up watching, and also some recent additions!

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Not Your Typical Christmas Movies: Die Hard 1 and 2, Batman Returns

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TV Specials: Snowglobe, A Golden Christmas: The Second Tail, Christmas Cupid, Desperately Seeking Santa, Santa Baby, Christmas Caper

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Cartoons: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, A Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, The Polar Express, Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Scooby Doo’s A Nutcracker Scoob

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Live Action: Home Alone 3, Santa Clause 2, To Grandmother’s House We Go, Twas the Night, The Ultimate Christmas Present, The Family StoneThe Nutcracker, Scrooged, The Holiday, Four Christmases

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I may not post again this week because of my exams, but I wish you all the best of luck on your challenges this week, whether it be in or out of the classroom.

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Do you like tests? I may be in the minority here, but I actually kind of like them!

What is one food that you’d hate to give up? Protein powder for me.

What Christmas movies would you have on your list? I’m probably forgetting some… Always do!

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Makes You Go “Huh?” (MIMM)

Happy Monday! Only 2 weeks left to go until Christmas Break. Wahoo!

If you missed my last two posts, check them out here: WIAW and Allergy-Free Soup Round Up.

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My weekend was super fun, but probably not too exciting to read about.

Instead, I’m going to do a Marvelous in My Monday post on what makes me smile… “Search terms.”

I’m sure that you have that one search term everyday that makes you go “HUH?”

So, today I want to share the love and give you all something to smile about.

Here are some of my favorite, funny searches that brought people to my blog:

  • today im awesome- Yes. Yes you are. Add an apostrophe and you would be marvelous!
  • waffle pizza- Genius. Or not… Could you elaborate?

*Edited to add this awesome video I found online of… Yes. There IS such thing as a pizza waffle!

  • cheezit box- Oh boy. That’s what I get for putting the picture of a Cheez-It box on my blog.

  • And just to be nice, I’ll spare you the heartache of running across more cheez-it searches and just paste them here in all their glory: cheez-it box, cheez it box back, back of cheezit box, and back of cheez it box.
  • is quinoa excepted on paleo diet- Besides the need for a dictionary (where I think you will find that excepted is not the word you are looking for…) I will give you the short answer and say NO. Quinoa is not “accepted” on the Paleo diet.
  • Again… saving-the-heartache-here: are “quinoa flakes” paleo, can i eat quinoa flakes on paleo diet, and quinoa flakes paleo desserts. You can’t eat quinoa flakes when Paleo. It’s as simple as that.
  • alice no pais das maravilhas 1951– For those of you not fluent in Portuguese (or not in-the-knows of Google Translator), this means Alice in Wonderland 1951. Okay???
  • target black friday $8 appliances- Did you get one? If so, tell me where you live and I can totally take it off your hands for you. I mean, who wouldn’t want a beautiful, turquoise blue waffle maker for the convenient and oh-so-low price of $8?

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  • walmart black friday vacuums $8- Score.

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  • baking powder protein powder and water- Been there, tried that.
  • adorable prairie dogs eating soup- Although I will admit that could be adorable, I’m not sure you will be successful in finding a picture of that. In the meantime though, here is the picture that brought you to this place:

Sorry. No soup in sight.

  • high protein microwave recipes- I like the way you think. Tag: protein powder

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  • healthy single serving bun- Right on! (<<< I now realize that phrase makes me sound childish and totally stupid… But I’m leaving it up because I love you all oh so much!)

Now, make sure to go and check out all of the other Marvelous in My Monday posts at Healthy Diva Eats.

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Did those make you laugh and/or smile? They sure did for me!

What is the wackiest search term that you’ve seen so far?

How is your Monday going to be Marvelous?

What I Ate and What I Bought

Wow. What a long and wonderful weekend!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break (if you had one) and had fun Black Friday shopping! I haven’t talked to most of you since last week’s What I Ate The Day Before Thanksgiving WIAW. It’s been too long.

So, let’s jump right in and I’ll give you a recap of what I ate over the weekend… and what I bought!

First up, What I Ate! The following are a collage of some of my better looking meals during my break, and some when I came back this week:

Breakfast

Banana Protein Bread with Cranberries.

Lunch

Roasted Kale, Carrots and Tuna Salad.

I just washed some pieces of kale and sliced a few baby carrots. I roasted everything under a medium broil for about 5-7 minutes until the kale was crispy and the carrots were softer but still had a crunch. (About 4 minutes in I also added some tuna on top to get warm).

Then I served it all one on big (Christmas) plate with a side of grapes!

Snack

A new squash to add to my collection! This is buttercup squash, which resembles acorn squash, and is “supposed” to taste like a sweet potato.

It was good, but tasted nothing like a sweet potato.

How to Cook Buttercup Squash in the Microwave

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe buttercup squash
  • 1 plate
  • 1 sharp knife (I actually used a butter knife and it worked!)
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 microwave

Directions:

1. Cut the squash in half.

2. Scoop out the seeds and place one half on a plate.

3. Microwave the squash for 8-12 minutes and check it with a fork. Microwave for a few more minutes until soft, tender and done.

Dinner

After my lunch containing chicken (today), I just wasn’t feeling too good and decided to refrain from meat for dinner. Instead I had two big plates of salad with shredded carrots, and a lot of rice!

This ended up being a good decision, because while I still didn’t feel very well after the rice, I’m positive my stomach would have been much worse if I had tried to chow down on grilled chicken like normal.

Snack

Recycled picture of grapes.

Now that all of that food is out of the way, onto the Black Friday deals and What I Bought!

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of everything that I bought while I was still at home, so stock photos will just have to do! They’re probably better than what my silly old phone would have taken anyways…

On Thursday morning we left our house at 6:40 AM (was supposed to be 6:00 AM) and started our 3 1/2 hour drive to my grandma’s house. We arrived just as my uncle and aunt pulled in, and our two families all sat down together in the living room. Classic chatter and stories ensued, then it was time to pray and have lunch!

I ate a light meal before we got there of chicken, grapes and carrots (there was nothing for lunch that I could eat). I just sipped on a glass of water while everyone else gorged on holiday delicacies. Ha!

When it was time to leave, we said goodbye and headed out to find something to do until we went Black Friday shopping.

My parents decided to watch a movie.

Skyfall!

It was very good and intense. Not quite as good as Casino Royale, but not nearly as dragged out or as confusing as Quantum of Solace.

Then we headed to Wal-Mart just a few seconds away. We got there at 7:00 PM and after walking around for a few minutes we all dispersed to our respective lines. My mom went to wait for a fire pit, my brother went to wait for his PS3 games, and I got in line for the DVDs! And what about my dad? Oh… He just walked around and chatted with each of us numerous times to save us from boredom. So nice.

Last year there were no lines for items. It was just a big rush of people as soon as it reached midnight. This year though, there were lines plus a COP! No one around me got rowdy (or required handcuffs), but there were a few teenage boys that were just getting on everyone’s nerves. No matter how many times the woman in front of me told the boys that there was a line, they just kept on whispering back and forth that they would push us out of the way if they had to. In response everyone around me just smashed together so that there wasn’t any room for them to get through. In the end, they probably didn’t get anything because the line was so long. It started in the produce section and reached all the way back to the freezer section more than 15 aisles away!

When it was finally 8:00 PM the Wal-Mart employees let a few people at a time into the DVD area. It was all very civilized. No pushing, shoving or fighting!

We were limited to just 10 DVDs, so I picked out some and went through them later with my brother to decide which ones we really wanted.

I bought Fast Five, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Water for Elephants. Each movie was only $1.96! (Except Fast Five which was $4.96… but totally worth it!).

My brother ended up buying two video games (not sure which ones) and two DVDs: Sherlock Holmes 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

My dad was also nice enough to pick me up a vacuum cleaner when I was waiting in line! At first he brought over a red one, then after a slight hesitation on my part I confessed that I “really” wanted… anything but red. I was totally not being picky; he asked which I preferred! I ended up with a purple one, which I love! I’ll let you know how it works when I give it a try.

Overall we were quite successful. Everyone got something that they wanted (my dad bought some new tires later on), and no one got hurt! All of the other shoppers were so nice. Year Three complete!

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In my next post I am going to talk about some not-so-great things that happened on Thanksgiving concerning my digestion. Also, I’m going to be sharing my next plan in healing my stomach, so stayed tuned!

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What did you eat/buy on Thanksgiving?

Any crazy family stories to tell? Any crazy Black Friday stories?

Do you have any digestive problems? Have you ever heard and/or tried the GAPS diet for healing?

What I Ate the Day Before Thanksgiving

Are you guys ready for another WIAW?

Just one more day until Thanksgiving…

It seems that the general consensus in my last Marvelous Monday post is that most of you do not like to go Black Friday shopping. I personally love it and can’t wait to find some good deals! Like I said before though, I go in with absolutely no expectations so I’m never disappointed.

That said, I’ve been looking through some of the Walmart and Target ads for Black Friday and just wanted to share a few things that I might be looking at buying:

Cheap DVDs ranging from 96 cents and up.

3-in-1 Vacuum for $8.84. So many fun colors- This would be perfect for my dorm room!

 

A 16 GB flash drive because I lost mine.

Micro SD card for my camera phone. My card right now isn’t full yet, but I do take a lot of pictures and always forget to delete the bad ones, so I’ll be needing more space soon.

Chrismas Decorations for my dorm room.

 

The items above all came from the Walmart ad. All items below are from target.

5 dollar CDs, especially this one from Adelle.

These pretty appliances for $8.00. I want that blue waffle maker!

Flannel sheets. I don’t really like the feel of cotton sheets. I use flannel sheets even in the summer. Yes, I’m weird. They’re just so soft!

I’ve wanted an infinity scarf ever since I saw Fitnessista do a post on them.

Now that you know my “secret” awesome list of Black Friday stuff, let’s move onto What I Ate Wednesday, Thanks Jenn!

Inspired by Peace Love and Oats, all of my pictures today were edited using PicMonkey. Just for fun, I added some text as well. Let me know what you think!

Breakfast- 

I came up with this recipe for a Microwave Protein Crisp after seeing both Chocolate-Covered Katie, and Liv Lives Life post recipes for Single-Serving Apple Crumbles. One morning, when my dining hall was out of bananas for my usual protein bread, I decided to experiment and came up with this instead!

I’ve made it a few times since then using different additions, and each one was equally delicious. You can use sliced apples or sliced pears for the fruit. For the crumbly top I would recommend using either pumpkin or banana puree for a sweet and moist texture, but I’ve also made this with just protein powder, baking powder and water and it still turned out fine.

Microwave Apple/Pear Protein Crisp

High protein, high fiber, no added sugar, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple/pear
  • 1/4 cup brown rice protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin/banana puree (optional)
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (corn and sodium-free)
  • stevia (optional- I omitted)

Directions:

  1. Combine the rice protein powder, water, baking powder and optional puree/stevia. Add liquid as needed to create a crumbly texture. Put a small amount of the mixture at the bottom of a microwave-safe ramekin or plastic bowl.
  2. Slice the apple/pear on top of the mixture.
  3. Cover the fruit slices with the remaining mixture and microwave from 2-4 minutes until thoroughly cooked and fruit is soft. Enjoy!

Lunch-

My lunches almost always look the same. I just love the taste of sweet grapes and tuna together! I also had an unpictured apple on the side.

Snack-

When I got home today the first thing I made was a microwave banana protein bread. My dining hall hasn’t had bananas for a few days and I was really missing them.

*I should note that for the past few weeks, whenever you see me eating a  banana protein bread, I am only using protein powder, baking powder and bananas. Sometimes I’ve used stevia, but ever since my Paleo experiment I haven’t been using quinoa flakes.

Dinner-

For dinner I again had what I always had, grilled chicken and steamed zucchini. While I was waiting for my chicken I also had a salad made up of lettuce, cucumbers, and shredded carrots.

Snack-

For my snack tonight I came up with a super delicious combination! Cranberry Banana “Ice Cream” + Pumpkin Protein Bread (with cranberries!). The addition of frozen cranberries added enough sweetness that I didn’t need to use any stevia, but feel free to add some if you have a sweet tooth!

And that concludes this week’s WIAW!

If I don’t talk to you all before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving!

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What is on your Black Friday To-Buy list?

Have you tried PicMonkey yet?

Have you ever sponsored a giveaway before? I’m going to be hosting one on December 20th and could use any advice that you want to give! How long do you prefer them to last? Do you like having multiple ways to enter?